Have you ever when using Lightroom thought: gosh this is a lot of mousing?! Isn’t there a more efficient way? Are there no shortcuts in Lightroom? Absolutely, there are! In this blog I’ll give you my 13+ favorite, most frequently used Lightroom shortcuts


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For those of you who do not know what Lightroom is: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, or simply Lightroom (on the market in 2007), was created specifically for photographers. There has been a lot of attention on making the photographer’s workflow more efficient. The photo editing program, the whole process (your workflow) has everything you need to postproces a (digital) image: import and manage (Library), develop (Develop) and print your photos (Print). Actually, you can say that Lightroom is the photographic archive for the photographer AND the digital darkroom. Organizing and editing a serie of photo’s within Lightroom is very easy and fast!


I have been using Lightroom now for a couple of years, and I mostly used the mouse and a few shortcuts that I had figured out myself. Besides the functions you have with your mouse (in the menus or by clicking on the buttons), you can also use a number of letters (shortcuts) on your keyboard. These letters can also be combined with the Ctrl / Cmd, Alt / Opt and / or Shift key, giving you even more possibilities. Over time you will begin to use more and more shortcuts, and you will work more efficiently and faster in Adobe Lightroom.


[The images are made with the dutch version of Lightroom, but with the explanation given I think you can find it pretty quick in the english version of Lightroom.]


Mijn 13 favoriete, frequently used Lightroom shortcuts:


  1. Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + I: opens the importscreen.Lightroom, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe, importeren, import
  2. Numbers 1 t/m 5, 6-9: You can rate your photos with stars (from one star for the worst images until 5 stars for the best photos, and you can give them a color (from 6 red still needs to be edited in for example in Photoshop or 8 green finished editing, ready to deliver). The numbers you assign each image depends on how you’ve organized your workflow.Lightroom, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe,classificatie, classification
  3. G (of Ctrl + Alt + 1): switch to grid view in Library.Lightroom, rasterweergave, grid, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe
  4. I: displays the various information options of a photo. You can set what you want to see access via the Library View Options (Ctrl / Cmd + J). With Ctrl / Cmd + I you can choose whether to show or hide the information. Lightroom, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe
  5. D (or Ctrl + Alt + 2): opens the Develop module.  [Opens Catalogus: Ctrl / Cmd + Shift + O]
  6. R: opens the “Crop” tool. You can rotate (make portrait for example), straighten or crop the image.          Lightroom, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe
  7. (in Develop module “Cropping”): grid overlay for walking through the various crop options. Very handy tool because every time you press the O you will see different composition lines. A couple of the composition options have options in themselves and with Shift + O you can walk through those. Lightroom, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe, Uitsnijden
  8. Q: opens the “Spot Removal” tool.  You can clone and heal with this tool. And if you are not satisfied with the chosen spot that Lightroom selects, with the shortcut Lightroom wil pick a new spot (and of course you can select the spot yourself by dragging it to the place you desire). With the Alt button the scissors pop up. This allows you to select spots and remove them simultaneously. Lightroom, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe, vlekken, spots, vlekken verwijderen, klonen, retoucheren, clone, retouch
  9. A: visualizes dust particles. You can adjust the intensity of the brightness by using the slider next to visualize spots button on the toolbar.       Lightroom, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe, Visualiseren stofdeeltjes, Visualize, Vlekken, Spots
  10. K: opens the “Local Adjustments” panel. The controls in the adjustment panels let you affect the color and tone of an entire photo. You can make local changes such as exposure, contrast, sharpness, saturation, etc. change.
  11. (in Develop module “Local Adjustments”): shows and hides the overlay. You can change the color with Shift + OLightroom, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe, aanpassingspaneel, lokale aanpassingen, Local adjustments
  12. H (in Develop module “Local Adjustments”): hides Pins and Bounding. Very useful if you want to look what you’ve done.Lightroom, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe, gereedschapsbedekking, Hide spot overlays
  13. , (comma) Win or \ Mac: toggle before/after post-processing. Lightroom, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe, voor en na aanpassingen, before and after adjustments


AND I would have wanted to know this this! When you’re zoomed in, press the <Home> key on your keyboard to move to the upper left corner of your photo. allows you to go through your picture, from top to bottom, from left to right. Look at the Navigator panel how the rectangle (display area) moves (you can also move the square with your mouse). takes you in the opposite direction. will take you to the bottom right corner. You can use this when you are using the local adjustments in de Local Adjustment panel.

For Mac users:

  • Fn + left arrow: Home

  • Fn + down arrow: scroll through the photo

  • Fn + right arrow: bottom right


On both Windows and Mac, in addition to the above shortcuts, the standard modifier keys can be used in combination with mouse clicks to perform various tasks.

  • Such as (Windows) / (Mac) selects or deselects several items that are not necessarily contiguous.  can therefore be used to select multiple photos, multiple folders, or multiple keywords, etc.

  • selects or deselects multiple contiguous items. can therefore be used to select multiple photos, multiple folders, or multiple keywords, etc. which are contiguous.



And more Lightroom shortcuts later on …

Do you have a favorite which I didn’t mention, I’d love to hear which one and what it does! 

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